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The "influencers"

Campaigns & Elections, a trade magazine for politicos, named the top "political influencers" in its latest edition. Ten from each state made it to the list.

Five Republicans and five Democrats, a mix of North Carolina lobbyists and campaign consultants, got the nod.

The five Republicans: John Davis of John Davis Consulting; Tom Fetzer, lobbyist and former Raleigh mayor and state GOP chairman; lobbyist Dana Simpson; political consultant Carter Wrenn; and political consultant Chris Sinclair. Davis is actually unaffiliated.

The five Democrats:
Political consultant Brad Crone; consultant Mike Davis; strategist Scott Falmlen, a former state Democratic Party executive director; lobbyist Bruce Thompson; and Andrew Whalen, consultant for the Blue Dog Coalition and a former state Democratic Party executive director.


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That explains the statewide Dem losses

If that's the list of most influential people on the Dem side, it's no wonder we lost statewide. Most of those on the list are second rate polital hacks. If the Democratic Party ever hopes to recover in NC in our lifetimes, we are going to have to do things differently than we have in the past. That crowd is the same old partisan mud-slinging bunch that has inspired hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians to unaffiliate. Serious new political thinking is required.

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